UPDATE: I've gone through the comments and a number of readers mentioned that the portion of the paper with findings that lead to the conclusion is missing. Actually, I have an earlier posting that summarised the paper[Link]. The authors' presentation for the paper is found here : [Link]. Please go through the presentation - you will find the conclusions of the authors well substantiated.
I received many responses to my previous posting on the social divide.
MM Lee had to say what is favorable for his political party and we cannot expect him to admit that something has gone wrong here. For those who have time, I suggest you look up research papers by academics who have looked closely at the problem. I said in my previous posting that globalisation is half the explanation and the other half is our govt policy response to globalisation and the widening income gap. The PAP did not change their old schemes in a big way as the world transformed in the past 20 years. Where did I get this from? Some of it from researchers in LKY School of Public Policy! They took a good look at the problem and concluded that the PAP policy responses were the main cause of the social divide. To make sure I'm not accused of being overly critical of the PAP govt. I leave you with the introduction and conclusion from the research paper."The current social protection system in Singapore is the outcome of conscious policy choices and cannot be atrributed to the globalisation phenomenon...."
- Singapore's policy responses to ageing, inequality and poverty by Mukul G. Asher and Amarendu Nandy.